If you find it hard to mentally visualize objects, you’re not alone. You might have aphantasia.
By Monisha Ravisetti, April 26, 2022 12:12 p.m. PT
Picture a red apple. Great. Now, which of the following describes you?
Group 1: You’re visualizing a vibrant, ruby-colored fruit like it’s living in your mind.
Group 2: You’re pondering the concept of an apple without getting any mental imagery. If you’re in the former group, you might wonder whether group 2 just didn’t understand the prompt. If you’re in the latter, you might find it extremely odd for group 1 to exist at all. And group 2, you might have aphantasia.
For those of you still scratching your head about which category you fall under, the good news is that an experimental startup in Australia is on a quest to find an objective measure of how vivid your imagination is. Having made some serious headway recently, it published a paper about its progress in the journal eLife last month — but we’ll get back to that.
We’ll walk you through some easy things you can do to get better Wi-Fi speeds at home now.
By Ry Crist, March 9, 2022 5:20 a.m. PT
You likely know all about it: Work from home.
For two years, we’ve been adjusting to the new normal of remote work brought on by COVID-19. The situation isn’t likely to change any time soon, considering many employees want to continue remote work at some level even as offices begin to reopen and health metrics begin to improve across the globe.
With more and more of us opting to work from home these days, your home’s Wi-Fi networks are more important than ever. The last thing anyone wants to have to deal with is spotty internet and a Wi-Fi signal that isn’t up to snuff.
Fortunately, you’ve got options. Even if you don’t know much about your router’s settings or the best way to change them, there are still some easy steps you can take to ensure that your speeds are as fast as possible. Let’s walk through them and see if we can’t speed things up for you.
Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, kicked off its phased roll out to compatible devices last fall.
Even if your PC hasn’t been prompted to download and install the new OS yet, you can still take a look at how Windows 11 measures up against Windows 10 to gauge if it’s worth the update.
Keep in mind that there’s no rush to make your decision. Microsoft says it will stop supporting Windows 10 after 2025. Also, if you already have Windows 10, Windows 11 will be available to you for free. (If you don’t have Windows 10 yet, here’s how to get it.)
Privacy is now a priority among browser-makers, but they may not go as far as you want in fighting pervasive ad industry trackers on the web.
Here’s a look at how you can crank up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking. Problems like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal have elevated privacy protection on Silicon Valley’s priority list by showing how companies compile reams of data as you traverse the internet.
Their goal? To build a richly detailed user profile so that you can become the target of more accurate, clickable and thus profitable advertisements.